Beat the Cold with These Fun (And Different!) Snow Day Ideas

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The score is Snow 1, School 0.  Your kids are thrilled because Mother Nature has given them yet another snow day.  But you’ve already made snowmen, gone sledding, and watched movies on all of those OTHER snow days.

So, what can you and the kids do today that’s totally fun and totally different?
1.  Make Fluffy Hot Chocolate
Let’s face it – those store-bought hot chocolate packets are kind of boring (and don’t even get me started on the “marshmallows” that come with them!).  If you’ve got a sweet tooth that’s begging to be indulged, try out this award-winning recipe, courtesy of  True to its name, it creates a thick fluffy mixture that your kids will love!
-  4 cups 2% milk
-  4 teaspoons baking cocoa
-  8 teaspoons of granulated sugar
-  1 ½ cups mini marshmallows
-  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine everything but the vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat, and stir until the marshmallows are melted.  Remove from heat, and add the vanilla. Ladle into mugs, and serve.
2.  Create a chocolate-covered pantry
No, this doesn’t mean covering the pantry itself in chocolate!  (Boy, would your wife be mad about that!)  Instead, it means going through your pantry and looking for goodies that you can drizzle in chocolate (just in case the sugar-high from the Fluffy Hot Chocolate wasn’t enough!).
For example, things like cereal, popcorn, pretzels, rice cakes, granola bars, and sugar cookies all become even better when you add some chocolate into the mix!  Depending on when your last trip to the grocery store was, you and the kids can spend plenty of time coming up with creative chocolate pantry recipes.
3.  Pull out the classic board games
These days, kids seem to be all about their video games and smartphones.  Why not take a trip back in time and play some of the games that YOU used to love as a kid?  Your kids will love a trip to Candyland, a business lesson with Monopoly money, a chance to show off their knowledge with Trivial Pursuit, or the thrill of Operation.
4.  Play snow football
Want to get some exercise on your snow day?  Divide the family up into teams and play a game of snow football.  It can be your choice whether you play touch or tackle (at least the snow will provide a soft place to land!).  Either way, you’ll still look better than the Jets did on Monday Night Football!
5.  Have a fashion show
Turn your living room into a runway, and have your kids strut their stuff.  You can even use your digital camera to create “paparazzi” (and send the pictures to family members who weren’t lucky enough to snag front-row seats!).

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